F. Mitchell Dana

F. Mitchell Dana


Title: Theatrical Lighting Design Expert and Educator
Location: New York, New York, United States

Mitchell Dana, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in theatrical lighting design and education.

Theatre has been a staple of Mr. Dana’s life from an early age. His stepfather worked in a theatre and invited him to help set up some lighting. When Mr. Dana observed the switchboard, he realized that this was an actual career he could commit to in life. From that point on, theatrical lighting design became Mr. Dana’s calling and he has excelled in illuminating theatres and performances for more than six decades. Due to his outstanding work, he has received such prestigious accolades as the Barrymore Award, the Applause Award, the Carbonelle Award and the Phoebe Award. He has also received nominations for the Jefferson Award and the Kevin Klein Award.

To prepare for a career in theatrical lighting design, Mr. Dana first earned a BFA from Utah State University in 1964. He continued at the Yale Drama School to receive an MFA in 1967. A year later, Mr. Dana found himself working under the tutelage of the iconic scenic designer Jo Mielziner. After gaining a year of experience with Mr. Mielzner, Mr. Dana signed on as a technology director at the Yale Drama School. He also worked as a production supervisor for the institution. From 1978 to 1988, Mr. Dana contributed his skills as an associate lighting director for Fred Manning. In 1982, he had joined the faculty at Rutgers University, first as a lecturer and reaching the positions of assistant professor, associate professor and a full professorship in 2006.

Mr. Dana has served as the lighting designer for a number of Broadway, off-Broadway and various stage productions across the United States. Some of these productions include “Hello, Dolly!,” “The Tempest,” “1776,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “Turandot,” among many other shows. In his career, he served as a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. He has guest lectured at the University of Washington, Southern Methodist University and San Francisco State University. In the coming years, Mr. Dana endeavors to lecture more as he feels teaching is the perfect fit for his place in life.

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